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Tony Osborne Memorial Youth Cycling Fund

Purpose

The OC recognizes that the landscape of youth cycling has changed in recent years and that the challenges facing clubs and event organizers who are focused on providing youth development continues to grow. The Tony Osborne Fund was developed to focus on providing support to those groups who provide these opportunities for youth (18 years and younger) within all cycling disciplines. Youth events may apply for a subsidy that can be utilized for operational costs like medals, timing, police, barricades etc. which will enhance the quality of the event or provide for a more robust event. 

In previous years, the OC has organized several camps, across all cycling disciplines, using a variety of coaches and technical experts. While there are plans to offer these types of camps, we recognize that clubs may have specific areas of interest that they would like to further develop (for coaches or athletes). This could be focusing on a specific technical skill [e.g., MTB drops] or introducing a new cycling sport into the clubs [e.g., cyclo-cross]. The intention of the grant is to utilize the expertise that is available within the province, increase opportunities for knowledge sharing, and help clubs enhance their training delivery. 

Application Requirements

Event Organizers: 

  • OC Sanctioned Event – all paperwork must be received and approved prior to submitting an application 
  • Risk Management and/or Emergency Action Plan including COVID safety protocol 
  • Volunteer Screening protocols 
  • Must have at least 25 registered participants 
  • Detailed budget breakdown

Camps & Clinics: 

  • All participants must be registered members in good standing with OC 
  • Clubs must be youth-focused or have a youth-focused program (under the age of 19) 
  • Camp requests must have a minimum of 8 participants 
  • Overview of the camp/clinic and purpose with outcome goals 
  • Detailed budget breakdown of costs 
  • Risk Management and/or Emergency Action Plan including COVID safety protocol 
  • Volunteer Screening protocols 
  • Clubs can apply for up to $400 towards: 
  • Coach/Expert fees 
  • Coach/Expert travel 
  • Facility rental/admission fees 

Process: 

  • All applications must be filled out through via: APPLICATION LINK 
  • Selection Committee will review all applications against a weighted criterion 
  • Applicants will be notified of their application status within 2 weeks of applying 
  • OC will arrange payment through the contact person on the application 
  • Public recognition of the funds on social media, written materials, and website 
  • A final report after the event/camp/clinic must be submitted to the OC. Template to be provided by OC. 

Checklist: 

  • Application Form (Google Link) 
  • Detailed Budget (excel spreadsheet) 
  • Registration numbers 
  • Event – Sanctioned application form submitted and approved 
  • Emergency Action Plan 
  • COVID Safety Plan 

All questions should be directed to [email protected]

SUPPORT YOUTH DEVELOPMENT IN ONTARIO & CONTRIBUTE

Thanks to the Newmarket Eagles Club’s and Ontario Cycling’s collaborative efforts, the “Tony Osborne Memorial Youth Cycling Fund” is open for contributions. This fund welcomes donations from our valued OC and NECC members, passionate cycling enthusiasts from across Ontario, and beyond, as well as anyone who wishes to honour Tony’s memory in this meaningful way.

Contributions can be conveniently made online or through traditional mail (details below). When donating online via the OC Section of the CCN website, you’ll automatically receive a Charitable Donation Receipt via email. To make your online donation, simply follow the link provided to access the dedicated Donation Page for the Tony Osborne Memorial Youth Cycling Fund.

If you’ve held an Ontario Cycling Association license or club membership since 2014 or later, you already possess a CCNBikes.com user account. Please log in using the account associated with your OC Cycling License or club Membership. For those without an existing CCNBikes.com user account, don’t worry – creating one is a straightforward process. Refer to the instructions below for guidance on setting up your account.

  1. Once you have entered your DONATION AMOUNT you must click on “ADD DONATION TO YOUR CART”. You will then be asked to “LOGIN TO YOUR CCN ACCOUNT”
  2. After LOGIN, you will be directed back to the DONATION PAGE and MUST RE-ENTER the DONATION AMOUNT.
  3. Click again on “ADD DONATION TO YOUR CART” and then click “PROCEED TO CART”.
  4. Enter your BILLING INFORMATION and then “SUBMIT AND COMPLETE” your donation.

 

Various donation amounts are offered in the drop down menu but we urge you to consider clicking on “Contribute a Different Amount” before using the drop down options and contribute as generously as you can. Click here to see a screenshot of the donation page with more background information about Tony.

This is a simple process and DOES NOT INVOLVE A MEMBERSHIP FEE. (See next section to donate by cheque)

  1. Enter your DONATION AMOUNT and click on “ADD DONATION TO YOUR CART”. You will then be asked to “CREATE AN ACCOUNT”.
  2. Enter the required information to create your account and click “SIGN UP”.
  3. You will directed back to the DONATION PAGE and MUST RE-ENTER the DONATION AMOUNT.
  4. Click again on “ADD DONATION TO YOUR CART” and then click “PROCEED TO CART”.
  5. Enter your BILLING INFORMATION and then “SUBMIT AND COMPLETE” your donation.

This can also be done by printing and completing the attached form and mailing to Cycling Canada. See link below to do this. All mailing information is included on the form. Click here to see some background on Tony’s contribution to cycling.

The fund will be administered by OC and its purpose will be to support youth in the developmental stages of their cycling career up to the age of 18 (junior) cyclists. It will focus on specific bursaries, youth development clinics, youth camps and provide seed money and operational support to youth road, track and MTB events.

With the establishment of this fund, it provides an opportunity for NECC to significantly expand its contribution to youth cycling through a major donation to the Tony Osborne Memorial Youth Cycling Fund from the club’s currently existing youth fund, which has historically been relatively under-utilized.

Long Term Development Model

Throughout his lengthy club cycling career, Tony was an enthusiastic promoter of the sport of cycling to new riders of all ages. Many young riders have given him credit for the encouragement he provided to them in their pursuit of provincial, national, and international success. 

We are pleased to be able to offer clubs, teams, and event organizers an opportunity to apply for funding through this fantastic initiative in the name of Tony Osborne and his legacy. 

Hop On Program

HopOn is a games-based cycling program that teaches school-aged kids across Canada the joys of cycling safely.

The grassroots HopOn program is designed to help young people master basic cycling skills and build confidence through on-bike achievement. Launched by Ontario Cycling and supported by the governing National Sport Organization Cycling Canada, the program is a fun, games-based and inclusive of all riders. Our goal is to provide a safe and inclusive environment for youth and young teens to socially interact and develop their on-bike skills with our trained and provincial instructors. 

The HopOn program is typically offered as 3-5 day Summer Camps, 4-6 week Monthly Programs and 1-Day Showcase Events. With it’s adoption from Cycling Canada, HopOn is established as a national best practice for youth to learn and practice their fundamental on-bike skills. This program is currently being incorportated into community weekly summer camps & monthly programs, Ontario Cycling sanctioned club events, and underserved community initiatives.

Who is the focus group ?

HopOn focuses on developing on-bike skills of youth and young teens that range between the ActiveSTART and FUNdamentals stages of the Long-Term Athlete-Development model.  This can include participants who are new to pedalling, comfortable riding on grassy fields, experience riding on forest trail systems, ready for a new challenge, or seeking a sanctioned riding group/cub within their community. At minimum, it is expected that our participants feel comfortable riding without training wheels in a straight line for 60 pedals strokes.

Shape of the HopOn Program and what to expect.

The HopOn program is adaptable to challenge youth – young teen participants on an individual basis. Our curriculum consists of five levels of varying ability and skill development. Participants can either begin their journey at level one and continue to progress through each division. Instead, participants who have previous cycling experience may join into a program that best matches their current ability level. Our levels outline pre-required skills before entering each program. For instance: 

Riders can ride a two-wheel bike 60 pedal strokes without stopping. 

Riders can stop and start quickly, change gears effectively and tap their head/helmet while riding. 

Riders feel confident turning quickly, look behind while riding straight and rolling off a sidewalk curb.

Riders can lift their front wheel, tap their foot while riding and put their hand on a partner’s shoulder. 

Riders can stop and go with one hand on their head, stop and go on a steep hill and ride beside/behind a partner. 

HopOn is designed to motivate youth and young teens to stay engaged through continuous learning and skill-development. The purpose of each level is to allow participants to develop, refine and challenge their ability through an increase of skill complexity. After completing each level of our program, participants receive a letter of certification, acknowledging their completion of the program and providing information on the next progression. Once our participants have moved through the HopOn program and completed level 5, they have then mastered the required basic skills to become integrated into a sanctioned club practice.  We encourage our participants to develop their skills enough to join a local club, but also emphasize the importance of remaining life-long cycling enthusiasts using the skills developed within the HopOn curriculum.

Long Term Development Model

“The Long-Term Development in Sport & Physical Activity is a framework for the development of every child, youth & adult to enable optimal participation in sport & physical activity. It takes into account growth, maturation & development, trainability, & sport system alignment”.

Active Start (0-6 Years old)

Active Start is about mastering basic human movements and developing habits of physical activity.

Movement Focus: Development of locomotor, object manipulation & balance skills.

Program Factors:

  • Mainly unstructured / exploring locomotor movement skills
  • Opportunities for play in natural environment
  • Series of challenges, with a combination of successes & failures to help develop better confidence & extend children’s comfort range
FUNDamentals (6-9 Years old)

FUNdamentals are about developing fundamental movement skills and enjoying being physically active.

Movement Focus: Emphasis on activities that develop agility, balance, coordination & speed (ABC’S).

Program Factors:

  • Informal competition with no records or results
  • Introduction of simple rules & etiquette; focus on fair play and respect for others
  • No periodization, but well structured & instructed programs  

You want to book a hop on program?

Our HopOn program is typically structured through weekly camps, one-day showcase events, and monthly programs. Could also mention the program can be offered as part of school programs. We are continually looking to train instructors and book new programs in communities across the Province. We aim to provide HopOn to youth of all backgrounds. Therefore, Ontario Cycling is committed remove barriers by supporting this program delivery with groups working with underserved and/or minority populations. 

If you are interested in learning how to book a program within your community/school/club, please contact Ontario Cycling’s Community and Grassroots Developer, Alex Roger.

How to become an Instructor

We are always looking to expand out instructor pool and get more kids on bikes through the HopOn program. Instructors can schedule their own programs, offer programming, in-conjunction with local clubs, and be booked to deliver programming established by Ontario Cycling. Instructors can be of any age and cycling experience level and will be provided with the training and support required to be successful. 

HopOn instructors are required to complete the NCCP Community Initiation Pathway, Submit a Background Check and complete the HopOn e-Learning and on-bike Instructor Orientation. If you are interested in the steps to becoming a HopOn instructor, please visit this link.

If you have any questions regarding the HopOn Instructor pathway, please reach out to Alex Roger.

Instructor Pathway

Duration: 45 minutes
Provider: Cycling Canada
Cost: $15

Duration: 30 minutes
Provider: Coaches Association of Canada
Cost: Free

Duration: 4 hours
Provider: Coaches Association of Canada
Cost: $75

Duration: 2x 2 hours
Provider: Ontario Cycling
Cost: $60

Duration: 8 hours
Provider: Ontario Cycling
Cost: $120

Duration: 12 hours
Provider: Cycling Canada / Ontario Cycling
Cost: $150

FAQ's

The grassroots HopOn program is designed to help young people master basic cycling skills and build confidence through on-bike achievement. Launched by Ontario Cycling and supported by the governing National Sport Organization Cycling Canada, the program is a fun, games-based and inclusive of all riders. Our goal is to provide a safe and inclusive environment for youth and young teens to socially interact and develop their on-bike skills with our trained and provincial instructors.

HopOn focuses on developing the skills of youth and young teen cyclists that range between the early starting phase (ActiveSTART) and basic fundamentals stage (FUNDamentals) of the Long-Term Athlete-Development model. This can include cyclists who are new to pedalling, comfortable riding on grassy fields, experience riding on forest trail systems, ready for a new challenge, or seeking a sanctioned riding group/cub within their community. At minimum, it is expected that our participants feel comfortable riding without training wheels in a straight line for 60 pedals strokes.

 

The HopOn program is adaptable to challenge youth-young teen cyclists on an individual basis. Our curriculum consists of five levels of varying ability and skill development. Participants can either begin at level one and continue to progress through each division. Instead, participants who have previous cycling experience may join into a program that best matches their current ability level. Our levels outline pre-required skills before entering each program. For instance: 

  • Level 1: Riders can ride a two-wheel bike 60 pedal strokes without stopping. 
  • Level 2: Riders can stop and start quickly, change gears effectively and tap their head/helmet while riding. 
  • Level 3: Riders feel confident turning quickly, look behind while riding straight and rolling off a sidewalk curb.
  • Level 4: riders can lift their front wheel, tap their foot while riding and put their hand on a partner’s shoulder. 
  • Level 5: Riders can stop and go with one hand on their head, stop and go on a steep hill and ride beside/behind a partner. 

We ask that some cycling experience is required in order to demonstrate each skill/activity within the HopOn curriculum. However, we are primarily looking for energetic individuals that act as community leaders, experience in teaching, previous work with youth participants in other sports, and/or have a passion for cycling.

Check out our HopOn calendar and find upcoming HopOn events.

It is required that all HopOn instructors complete the NCCP Community Initiation coach training. After the coaches have completed the Community Initiation pathway, we will send an initiation to complete the HopOn E-Learning (4 hours) and in-person Orientation (8 hours). HopOn instructors are also required to submit a background check to Ontario cycling and hold a current Ontario Cycling membership.

We are always looking to expand out instructor pol and get more kids on bikes through the HopOn program. Instructors can schedule their own programs, offer programming, in-conjunction with local clubs, and be booked to deliver programming established by Ontario Cycling.  Instructors can be of any age and cycling experience level and will be provided with the training and support required to be successful.

We require that instructors have their own personal working bike and helmet when delivering the program. Ontario Cycling can support each program by providing equipment (cones, chalk, hula-hoops, tennis balls, etc.) and branded flags.

Instructors are compensated by Ontario Cycling on an hourly-basis. This includes program set-up, delivery and tear-down of each session.

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Photographer Acknowledgement

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The photographs and images used on the official website of Ontario Cycling are courtesy of:

John Pohl (BMX) | Jody Wilson (Gravel) | Pedal Power Photography (MTB) | Rob Jones (MTB, Road, Track) | Ariane Brisson (Para) | Chris Roberts (Road) | Ivan Rupes (Road/Track) | Tom Yuyitung (Road) | Jean-Baptiste Benavent (Para)

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